Infrastructure for automated OpenSlide builds and testing
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This repository contains infrastructure for automatically building and testing OpenSlide.

Buildmaster configuration


Buildslave connections to the master are wrapped with stunnel and authenticated with a PKI (and also with Buildbot-level buildslave passwords). Use easy-rsa to set up the PKI. On Debian, the master-side stunnel configuration looks like this:

pid = /var/run/stunnel4/
setuid = stunnel4
setgid = stunnel4

CAfile = /etc/stunnel/buildbot-ca.crt
cert = /etc/stunnel/buildbot.crt
key = /etc/stunnel/buildbot.key
verify = 2
options = NO_SSLv2
options = NO_SSLv3
accept  = 2000
connect = 9989


  1. Create a user account to run the buildmaster.
  2. Clone this repo into the account's home directory.
  3. Install libaprutil.
  4. Download a source tarball of Buildbot.
  5. Use quilt to apply the patches from the buildbot-patches directory:

    cd buildbot-0.8.xx
    ln -s .../openslide-automation/buildbot-patches patches
    quilt push -a
  6. pip install the unpacked source tree into a virtualenv in the user account's home directory.


server {
    listen 443 ssl default_server;

    location /results/ {
        root [...]/openslide-automation/buildmaster/public_html;

    location /snapshots/ {
        root [...]/openslide-automation/buildmaster/public_html;

    location / {
        proxy_pass http://localhost:8010;
        # Ensure log streaming works correctly
        proxy_buffering off;
        # Allow log streaming to pause for 20 minutes before giving up
        proxy_read_timeout 1200s;


## Email addresses for notifications.  Multiple addresses can be supplied,
## separated by commas.
# Notified on buildslave problems
admins: <emails>
# Notified on nightly snapshot build failures
snapshot-builds: <emails>
# Notified when release tasks complete
release-tasks: <emails>

secret: <webhook-HMAC-secret>

account: <AWS-account-number>
access-key: <AWS-access-key-id>
secret-key: <AWS-secret-access-key>

<buildslave-name>: <buildslave-password>




htpasswd-format file with username/password pairs for website login.


@reboot $HOME/env/bin/buildbot start $HOME/openslide-automation/buildmaster
# Garbage-collect old logs/build artifacts
0 0 * * * $HOME/openslide-automation/scripts/ $HOME/openslide-automation/buildmaster


The GitHub organization is configured with a webhook:

Field Value
Payload URL https://buildbot:<GitHub-changehook-password>
Content Type application/json
Secret <webhook-HMAC-secret>
Events Just the push event

Buildslave configuration

Setup notes are on the wiki.

AppVeyor configuration

On most platforms supported by OpenSlide Python, users can easily install the correct compiler for building the Python extension module (openslide._convert). On Windows, however, this is non-trivial, so OpenSlide Python releases are shipped with binary packages (wheels) for Windows. To avoid the need for extensive configuration of a Windows build VM, including installation of several different versions of MSVC and Python, we do not build the Windows wheels via Buildbot. Instead, we use a modified version of the AppVeyor configuration documented in the Python Packaging User Guide (PyPUG). AppVeyor VMs have a large set of software pre-installed, including every version of Python we want to support.

We can configure AppVeyor in either of two ways: via the web interface, or by committing an appveyor.yml file to the OpenSlide Python repository. AppVeyor doesn't allow us to put configuration and code in separate repositories. Therefore, we configure via the web interface, and use the "Export YAML" feature to maintain a copy of the configuration under version control. For the same reason, auxiliary scripts cannot be committed as separate files, as recommended by PyPUG; instead, our AppVeyor configuration must embed these scripts and write them to the build directory during the install phase.